Period
to 19 June 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for PCI DSS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited PCI DSS over the 6 months to 19 June 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
UK
6 months to
19 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 497 458 498
Rank change year-on-year -39 +40 -102
Contract jobs citing PCI DSS 217 145 398
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.35% 0.34% 0.44%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 2.85% 3.07% 3.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 156 91 259
10th Percentile £361 £313 £375
25th Percentile £450 £408 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £511 £500 £525
Median % change year-on-year +2.25% -4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £600 £638 £638
90th Percentile £681 £688 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £488 £500
% change year-on-year -7.69% -2.50% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £23.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £23.00

PCI DSS is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 7,601 4,721 10,295
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.16% 11.10% 11.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,085 2,966 6,471
10th Percentile £263 £260 £256
25th Percentile £363 £359 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £463 £450
Median % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +1.12%
75th Percentile £575 £563 £550
90th Percentile £675 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 308 198 372
10th Percentile £11.36 £12.64 £10.81
25th Percentile £14.00 £17.26 £14.50
Median hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £22.43
Median % change year-on-year -6.67% +0.31% +6.81%
75th Percentile £38.46 £45.00 £43.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £53.23 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £20.50 £25.23
% change year-on-year -4.88% -18.74% +26.14%

PCI DSS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing PCI DSS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing PCI DSS.

Daily rate trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing PCI DSS over the 6 months to 19 June 2021.

Daily rate histogram for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing PCI DSS.

Hourly rate trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PCI DSS within the UK over the 6 months to 19 June 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -31 167 £520 -3.26% 105
London -25 90 £520 -5.45% 37
Work from Home -190 79 £500 +33.33% 24
UK excluding London -35 72 £450 -7.69% 74
South East -27 26 £357 -15.57% 23
North of England +8 24 £505 -12.17% 28
North West -1 14 £505 -12.17% 17
Yorkshire +12 10 £482 -16.17% 10
Midlands -17 7 £475 -18.98% 9
Scotland -50 6 £423 -6.11% 2
South West +21 5 £488 - 5
East Midlands +2 4 £475 -29.63% 1
East of England 0 3 £520 +4.00% 3
West Midlands -18 3 - - 8
Wales +2 1 £520 -25.71% 4

For the 6 months to 19 June 2021, IT contractor jobs citing PCI DSS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for PCI DSS.

1 90 (41.47%) Information Security
2 84 (38.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 78 (35.94%) GDPR
4 74 (34.10%) Social Skills
5 64 (29.49%) Finance
6 63 (29.03%) Cybersecurity
7 55 (25.35%) Agile Software Development
7 55 (25.35%) NIST
8 46 (21.20%) Azure
9 43 (19.82%) CISSP
10 42 (19.35%) Problem-Solving
11 39 (17.97%) ITIL
11 39 (17.97%) DevOps
12 36 (16.59%) CISM
12 36 (16.59%) Windows
13 35 (16.13%) AWS
14 34 (15.67%) Stakeholder Management
15 30 (13.82%) CISA
15 30 (13.82%) Degree
15 30 (13.82%) Analytical Skills
16 29 (13.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
17 27 (12.44%) Linux
17 27 (12.44%) TOGAF
17 27 (12.44%) Risk Management
18 26 (11.98%) OWASP
19 24 (11.06%) Data Protection
20 23 (10.60%) Continuous Improvement
20 23 (10.60%) Management Information System
21 21 (9.68%) Data Security
21 21 (9.68%) Change Management

PCI DSS
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 13 (5.99%) IIS
2 5 (2.30%) JBoss
2 5 (2.30%) Tomcat
2 5 (2.30%) WebLogic
3 4 (1.84%) NetWeaver
3 4 (1.84%) WebSphere
4 2 (0.92%) IBM Notes
4 2 (0.92%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.46%) Apache
Applications
1 3 (1.38%) MS Visio
2 2 (0.92%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.46%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 11 (5.07%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (1.38%) Cloudability
2 3 (1.38%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.46%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 46 (21.20%) Azure
2 35 (16.13%) AWS
3 10 (4.61%) Microsoft 365
4 9 (4.15%) SaaS
5 8 (3.69%) Amazon EC2
5 8 (3.69%) Amazon EKS
5 8 (3.69%) GCP
5 8 (3.69%) PaaS
6 7 (3.23%) IaaS
7 6 (2.76%) Serverless
8 5 (2.30%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 5 (2.30%) AWS CloudFormation
9 4 (1.84%) Azure Cosmos DB
9 4 (1.84%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 3 (1.38%) AWS Lambda
10 3 (1.38%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.92%) Akamai
11 2 (0.92%) AWS KMS
11 2 (0.92%) Azure Active Directory
11 2 (0.92%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 19 (8.76%) Firewall
2 15 (6.91%) Network Security
3 13 (5.99%) Internet
4 10 (4.61%) WAN
5 9 (4.15%) Intrusion Detection
6 8 (3.69%) VoIP
7 7 (3.23%) VPN
8 6 (2.76%) DNS
8 6 (2.76%) SD-WAN
8 6 (2.76%) Wireless
9 5 (2.30%) DHCP
9 5 (2.30%) LAN
9 5 (2.30%) MPLS
10 4 (1.84%) PBX
10 4 (1.84%) Skype
10 4 (1.84%) TCP/IP
11 3 (1.38%) Cisco IOS
11 3 (1.38%) SSL
12 2 (0.92%) HTTP
12 2 (0.92%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (8.76%) SQL Server
2 12 (5.53%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (5.07%) SQL Server 2005
3 11 (5.07%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (2.76%) MySQL
5 4 (1.84%) Azure SQL Database
5 4 (1.84%) DB2
5 4 (1.84%) SAP HANA
6 3 (1.38%) Amazon RDS
6 3 (1.38%) Data Lake
6 3 (1.38%) Redis
7 2 (0.92%) Apache Cassandra
7 2 (0.92%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.92%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.92%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (0.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (0.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.46%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.46%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 17 (7.83%) Git (software)
2 11 (5.07%) Octopus Deploy
2 11 (5.07%) TeamCity
3 2 (0.92%) SonarQube
4 1 (0.46%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.46%) Gatling
4 1 (0.46%) GitLab
4 1 (0.46%) IDA Disassembler
4 1 (0.46%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.46%) JMeter
4 1 (0.46%) JUnit
4 1 (0.46%) MLflow
4 1 (0.46%) Postman
4 1 (0.46%) Selenium
4 1 (0.46%) Subversion
4 1 (0.46%) Visual Studio
General
1 74 (34.10%) Social Skills
2 64 (29.49%) Finance
3 30 (13.82%) Analytical Skills
4 18 (8.29%) Influencing Skills
5 17 (7.83%) Retail
6 12 (5.53%) Banking
7 10 (4.61%) Legal
8 9 (4.15%) Presentation Skills
8 9 (4.15%) Public Sector
9 8 (3.69%) Billing
10 7 (3.23%) Financial Institution
10 7 (3.23%) Marketing
11 4 (1.84%) Local Government
11 4 (1.84%) Telecoms
12 3 (1.38%) Documentation Skills
12 3 (1.38%) Organisational Skills
13 2 (0.92%) French Language
13 2 (0.92%) Manufacturing
13 2 (0.92%) Swedish Language
14 1 (0.46%) Games
Job Titles
1 49 (22.58%) Architect
1 49 (22.58%) Consultant
2 37 (17.05%) Security Consultant
3 25 (11.52%) Analyst
3 25 (11.52%) Security Architect
4 23 (10.60%) Security Engineer
5 21 (9.68%) Security Analyst
5 21 (9.68%) Solutions Architect
6 15 (6.91%) Information Security Consultant
7 12 (5.53%) DevOps Engineer
7 12 (5.53%) Digital Architect
7 12 (5.53%) Digital Solutions Architect
8 11 (5.07%) Security Manager
9 10 (4.61%) Cybersecurity Analyst
10 9 (4.15%) Cloud Consultant
11 8 (3.69%) AWS Engineer
11 8 (3.69%) Developer
11 8 (3.69%) Senior Consultant
12 7 (3.23%) Cloud Architect
12 7 (3.23%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (6.45%) .NET
2 12 (5.53%) ASP.NET
3 8 (3.69%) Middleware
3 8 (3.69%) Web Services
4 5 (2.30%) RESTful
5 4 (1.84%) React Native
5 4 (1.84%) SAP Basis
6 3 (1.38%) Kafka
7 2 (0.92%) SAML
8 1 (0.46%) ASP.NET Web Forms
8 1 (0.46%) CSS
8 1 (0.46%) LESS
8 1 (0.46%) Sass
8 1 (0.46%) SOAP
8 1 (0.46%) Spring
8 1 (0.46%) Spring Boot
8 1 (0.46%) Spring MVC
8 1 (0.46%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 1 (0.46%) Velocity
8 1 (0.46%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 23 (10.60%) Management Information System
2 18 (8.29%) Mobile App
3 15 (6.91%) Public Cloud
4 8 (3.69%) Greenfield Project
5 6 (2.76%) Analytical Mindset
5 6 (2.76%) CESG
5 6 (2.76%) Data Centre
5 6 (2.76%) Hedge funds
5 6 (2.76%) PKI
5 6 (2.76%) Security Operations Centre
6 5 (2.30%) Cyberattack
7 4 (1.84%) Contactless
7 4 (1.84%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 4 (1.84%) Private Cloud
7 4 (1.84%) Self-Motivation
8 3 (1.38%) Algorithms
8 3 (1.38%) Cloud Native
8 3 (1.38%) Freedom of Information
8 3 (1.38%) Freedom of Information Act
8 3 (1.38%) Smart Energy
Operating Systems
1 36 (16.59%) Windows
2 27 (12.44%) Linux
3 19 (8.76%) Windows Server
4 15 (6.91%) AIX
5 12 (5.53%) CentOS
6 7 (3.23%) Android
7 6 (2.76%) Apple iOS
7 6 (2.76%) Mac OS
8 5 (2.30%) Unix
9 2 (0.92%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.92%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.92%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.46%) Amazon Linux
10 1 (0.46%) Kali Linux
10 1 (0.46%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (41.47%) Information Security
2 63 (29.03%) Cybersecurity
3 55 (25.35%) Agile Software Development
4 42 (19.35%) Problem-Solving
5 39 (17.97%) DevOps
5 39 (17.97%) ITIL
6 34 (15.67%) Stakeholder Management
7 27 (12.44%) Risk Management
7 27 (12.44%) TOGAF
8 26 (11.98%) OWASP
9 24 (11.06%) Data Protection
10 23 (10.60%) Continuous Improvement
11 21 (9.68%) Change Management
11 21 (9.68%) Data Security
12 20 (9.22%) Microservices
12 20 (9.22%) Project Delivery
12 20 (9.22%) Security Architecture
13 19 (8.76%) Decision-Making
13 19 (8.76%) Security Management
13 19 (8.76%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 14 (6.45%) C#
2 11 (5.07%) SQL
3 5 (2.30%) Java
4 4 (1.84%) Go
4 4 (1.84%) TypeScript
5 3 (1.38%) T-SQL
6 2 (0.92%) Python
7 1 (0.46%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.46%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.46%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 43 (19.82%) CISSP
2 36 (16.59%) CISM
3 30 (13.82%) CISA
3 30 (13.82%) Degree
4 14 (6.45%) CRISC
5 13 (5.99%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
6 10 (4.61%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (4.15%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
8 8 (3.69%) FFIEC
8 8 (3.69%) GIAC
9 7 (3.23%) Microsoft Certification
10 5 (2.30%) CREST Certified
10 5 (2.30%) GSEC
10 5 (2.30%) ISACA
10 5 (2.30%) SC Cleared
10 5 (2.30%) Security Cleared
11 4 (1.84%) CESG Certified Professional
11 4 (1.84%) PMI Certification
11 4 (1.84%) PMP
11 4 (1.84%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 84 (38.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 78 (35.94%) GDPR
3 55 (25.35%) NIST
4 29 (13.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 21 (9.68%) COBIT
6 18 (8.29%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 17 (7.83%) GRC
8 12 (5.53%) PSD2
8 12 (5.53%) QA
9 9 (4.15%) SOC 2
10 7 (3.23%) GLBA
11 6 (2.76%) ISO 9001
12 5 (2.30%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 4 (1.84%) HIPAA
13 4 (1.84%) ISAE 3402
14 3 (1.38%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 2 (0.92%) ISO 22301
15 2 (0.92%) ISO 31000
15 2 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 2 (0.92%) NIST 800
System Software
1 19 (8.76%) Docker
2 6 (2.76%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.92%) Kamailio
3 2 (0.92%) Virtual Desktop
3 2 (0.92%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 18 (8.29%) Kubernetes
2 12 (5.53%) Puppet
3 6 (2.76%) Terraform
4 4 (1.84%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 3 (1.38%) Nessus
6 2 (0.92%) Ansible
6 2 (0.92%) IBM Guardium
6 2 (0.92%) Single Sign-On
6 2 (0.92%) Trend Micro Deep Security
7 1 (0.46%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.46%) Cisco CME
7 1 (0.46%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.46%) CSIRT
7 1 (0.46%) EnCase
7 1 (0.46%) Jamf Pro
7 1 (0.46%) Kubeflow
7 1 (0.46%) QRadar
7 1 (0.46%) Red Hat Satellite
7 1 (0.46%) SCCM
7 1 (0.46%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 21 (9.68%) Microsoft
2 20 (9.22%) Cisco
3 11 (5.07%) Quadient
4 10 (4.61%) Oracle
4 10 (4.61%) Splunk
5 9 (4.15%) Citrix
6 6 (2.76%) Palo Alto
7 5 (2.30%) F5
7 5 (2.30%) ForeScout
7 5 (2.30%) Red Hat
7 5 (2.30%) SAP
8 4 (1.84%) Google
8 4 (1.84%) IBM
8 4 (1.84%) Qualys
8 4 (1.84%) Software AG
8 4 (1.84%) VMware
9 3 (1.38%) Apple
9 3 (1.38%) McAfee
9 3 (1.38%) Sun
9 3 (1.38%) Tripwire